Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.
552: Youth is the Anomaly
Dan has all the waiters singing at him, and Merlin tries to buy the non-existent SIMS 4 for the Mac.
Main topic is considering how best to set up a device that provides structure and motivation without all that beeping, beeping, beeping.
551: Life Is for Using
DISCUSSED: Your hosts talk about music, Apple Watch, and getting out of your kid's way. Also: life and MacBooks Pro.
550: Ampersands and Raisins
DISCUSSED: Dan and his son are up to Daniel Craig in their Bond journey, and this leads to an exploration of how our feelings about movies and their characters can change over time; considering the media you're scared to rewatch since it's probably not as good as you remember; your hosts dive further into browser extensions and why they're so critical to filtering your world.
License to Clown
549: A Typical Feisty Boy Child
DISCUSSED: Exploring rural voices; the things that kids (and we) have had stolen away over the past couple years; what movie would get your butt back into a cinema seat?; an opinionated dive into Safari's new approach to tabs (and why it feels so concerning); and, finally, Merlin shares a bunch of Safari extensions that do new stuff—or do old stuff in a cool or interesting way.
548: The Results of This Dog
DISCUSSED: Merlin considers a black market medical purchase; the anatomical anomalies of the problematic sleeper are considered; some favorite YouTube finds are discussed; and, finally, your hosts begin scratching the surface of iOS 15's many clever and life-enhancing new features.
547: Backyard Butt Doctor
Dan and Merlin almost talk about iOS 15.
Still great after all this time.
The degree of difficulty of having a podcast for 10 years and keeping it relevant and interesting is high. I think Dan and Merlin have been able to do this by basically just being themselves. I’ve listened since episode 1 during an interesting work transition in my life and never looked back.
We get it. Merlin is eccentric.
Dan and Merlin gonna get PAID
The last year or two are driven by how many ad spots they’ve sold. The rest of the show is just random Merlin babble to fill the time they need to space out the ad reads.